Decrease in serious crimes due to unavailability of alcohol: Cele

It's day ten of the national lockdown. Thousands have been arrested for breaking lockdown regulations. Police Minister Bheki Cele is appealing to communities to comply. Meanwhile, police and soldiers have been accused of abusing their power. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Police Minister, Bheki Cele has attributed the decrease in serious crimes to the unavailability of alcohol.

The sale of alcohol during the national lockdown has been prohibited as government tries to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Cele has welcomed the general decrease in serious and violent crimes.

READ: Communities urged to wage war against GBV during lockdown

Comparing the first week of the lockdown to the same period in 2019, Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that:

  • murder cases had dropped from 326 to 94;

  • rape cases dropped from 699 to 101;

  • cases of assault with intention to inflict grievous bodily harm, dropped from 2 673 to 456; and

  • trio crimes dropped from 8 853 to 2 098.

Meanwhile,  Cele says gender-based violence continues to be an issue in South Africa.

He says there have been 2230 reports of gender-based violence since the lockdown.

Cele previously said 87,000 complaints had been laid but he told eNCA that this figure is from 2019.

“On the week since the declaration by the President of the state of disaster, we have received 2 300 calls/complaints...184 of those people have been charged. Indeed, there's been the increase of violence which has been the always scourge in South Africa, it doesn't necessarily come with the lockdown...” said Cele.

The 2019-2020 National Crime Statistics are yet to be officially released.

Social Development has set up a GBV Command Centre that operates 24 hours.

The number is 0800 428 428.

SAPS also has a line to report GBV incidents.

The number is 0800 150 150.

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